Flu shot questions….
Some people close to me tend to get quite spooked by my wariness of flu shots, in fact, all shots….so I include little snippets like these…and as always, please get in touch on the comments bar if you think any of the information is inaccurate, as it is only intended to inform and protect….
The Flu Vaccine – a discussion of facts on the label. – Coalition For Informed Choice
I ACTUALLY WALKED INTO A DOCTOR’S OFFICE
Coalition For Informed Choice
Tedd Koren, DC
The other day I walked into a doctor’s office that was advertising flu
shots and asked for a product insert for the 2011-2012 flu vaccine
(Flulaval from GlaxoSmithKline.)
She handed me a CDC one page sheet urging all people to get the flu
shot. I said, “Thanks, but can I get the actual paper that comes with
the vaccines.” She gave me an odd look (“Why would anyone want to
read that?”) but went into the back and got me one.
Before I left I said to the MD, “Did you know that there is mercury in
the shots?” “No, I didn’t know that,” she said. (Why should she know
that, she only gives the shots.)
“You know if you vaccinate a pregnant woman the mercury can go through
the placenta into the fetus,” I said to her.
She said nothing. I might have been speaking Klingon. Then again if
we were Klingons the interaction may have involved high explosives and
lots of bad language. (Please forgive me, the other day I watched a
Star Trek movie).
OK, back to the flu. After I left her office I began to engage in an
unnatural act, I actually read the product insert. The print was very
small but I slogged through it. These are quotes directly from the
product insert. Read them and be amazed (doesn’t anyone actually read
Does the flu shot protect someone from getting the flu?
“There have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a
decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FluLaval®.”
It’s given to nursing mothers
“It is not known whether FluLaval® is excreted in human milk … safety
and effectiveness of FluLaval® in pediatric patients have not been
What’s in the shot?
“The virus is inactivated with ultraviolet light … followed by
formaldehyde … disrupted with sodium deoxycholate … 45 mcg.
Hemagglutinin (HA) … each dose contains 25 mcg mercury … the vial
stopper does not contain latex.” (Nice to know for those who are
concerned about latex reactions).
Can it cause cancer or affect the reproductive system (what about the baby?)
“FluLaval® has not been evaluated for carginogenic or mutagenic
potential, or for impairment of fertility.”
Adverse events associated with influenza vaccines: Anaphylaxis … “the
1976 swine flu influenza vaccine was associated with an increased risk
of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). Evidence of a causal relation of GBS
with subsequent [influenza] vaccines is unclear.”
How long were the test subjects observed after vaccination to see if
the flu shot caused long-term damage?
“Individuals were observed for three days after the flu shot was
administered in see if there were adverse reactions.
Postmarketing surveillance From the insert:
“Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of
uncertain size it is not always possible to reliably estimate their
incidence rate or to establish a causal relationship to the vaccine.”
“Lymphodenopasthy, eye pain, photophobia, dysphagia, vomiting …
influenza-like symptoms … rhinitis, cellulitis, muscle weakness,
arthritis, tremor, syncope, Guillain-Barre syndrome, convulsions,
seizures, cranial or facial nerve paralysis (Bell’s palsy),
encephalopathy, limb paralysis …”
Fluarix® (single dose) for ages 3 years and older. Multidose has Hg,
single dose does not. Fluarix: $101.20 for ten single vial doses
(approximately $10/shot cost to MD).
No mercury in single vials.
FluLaval ® – Multidose: $70.80 for one vial of ten doses ($7.08 cost
of one shot). (Nice markup. I bet CVS, Walgreens and the other big
purchasers get even better prices).
Gary Krasner, Director
Coalition For Informed Choice
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